mellowtigger: (Daria)
It's just absurd how many reality television food shows are produced. Actually, I'm not sure the quantity of them matters so much as the concept.

The idea of Americans watching manufactured drama on reality tv food programs when over 10% of all Americans are on food stamps is just offensive to my concept of social equality. There are more Americans on food stamps than the entire population of Canada.

"We help put healthy food on the table for over 40 million people each month."

"2006: 31,612,897"

 "Let them eat cake!" as the famous saying goes.  Yes, actually, we have shows for that too.

food showsAmericans on food stamps

I feel so superior by spending my television-watching minutes on more useful programs like Full Metal Alchemist, Doctor Who, Family Guy, and Harry Potter movies.  *dejected sigh*


Jun. 8th, 2011 06:56 am
mellowtigger: (Obama)
A government of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations.  I'm ready to give up on the idea of America as a democracy.  Even the far right has its doubts.  I want to try the next great American experiment: demarchy.

When was the last time you heard a news story about the Gulf oil spill?  Well, watch this video posted a few days ago by a local resident.

Dead critters, oily sand, tar balls, chemical foam.  Oh, and the food is safe to eat.  Sure.  The residents seem to know better than to visit the beach on a holiday afternoon.

I'm seriously considering registering my discontent by writing in my own name as presidential candidate on the ballot in 2012.  There better be a strong 3rd party candidate.  Obama has been entirely too cozy with big financial interests.


Nov. 29th, 2009 11:43 am
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I haven't been to see a movie in a month or so, I think.

I was wanting to see "The Road" and maybe even "Fantastic Mr. Fox" or "Precious" today at matinee prices. But I've already had 10 pager calls from work this morning. *grrrr* It's impossible to have a life while carrying the pager at this job. I guess movies will have to wait until next weekend when I don't have the pager. I wish they'd just admit that they need IT coverage during every business hour and keep staff on hand to cover it. The pager duty is really beyond reasonable as it is.

I succeeded in avoiding "2012". For the last year, I had very much been looking forward to watching its special effects on the huge IMAX screen. I discovered when it was released to theaters, however, that there is no IMAX version. *disappointment* The reviews for it have been mostly bad, so I guess I can live without ever seeing it. (What would be the point of watching a special effects movie on a small tv screen a year from now?)
mellowtigger: (T'Reese)
No post this week because I'm in a bad mood. The story that I want to talk about is an unhappy one, and we've already been warned against "Facebook" posts with animal details.

*disgruntled grunt*

I just finished my shower and am heading in to work early today (was planning on just my usual shift) because of the number of pager calls. I might as well get paid for being annoyed.
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What if there was a Pride parade, and nobody was proud?

I remember there was a time when I was actually glad to participate in Pride celebrations. I could see that people were engaging tough situations to make changes that would improve life for future folk (queer or not) everywhere. Back in those days, I was personally affected by job discrimination, for instance. (My work hours were cut from 40 to 15 as soon as the scheduler discovered that I was gay.) But now... I can't remember the last time I felt glad to be a part of the gay community. If there's so little left to improve, is it time finally to just stop having the pride celebrations?

As permanent minorities (regardless of racial group, it seems safe to assume that GLBT folk will always represent about 10% of the larger population) we are in a favorable position to observe the mainstream and actually see where it functions well and where it doesn't. We're less likely to succumb to cultural blinders that keep us from seeing things as they really are. We're not immune to that unfortunate side-effect of the human brain's daily machinations, but I do think we're afforded a special resistance because of our permanent fringe status.

Why aren't we using it to better society? The last big lesson that I can remember us teaching mainstream society was in the 1980s when culture learned from us (via our HIV/AIDS experience) that cancer was not a dirty word, that diagnosis was just a call to stand up and fight, and that medicine was the patient's responsibility and not something to simply be handed over to a guy in a white dress. Society learned from us that the individual ought to confront the "experts" and demand explanation without patronization.

Today, instead of brilliant observation, we have biting sarcasm. At Bear Coffee a few weeks ago, I was hugely disappointed when it seemed the whole afternoon was spent insulting people. Not just in-group people who were there to counterattack. (Feeding the downward spiral, perhaps.) But people not part of our crowd who just made the awful mistake to walk past our group. I felt sad for them and annoyed by us. I get closer each year to boycotting all Bear events. I gave up on general GLBT culture a while back, I think, but I'd hoped that the Bear community (because of its own history) would be different.

What do we have to be proud of in this most recent generation? I honestly can't think of anything.

semi-related: Harvey, as usual, has a good point.
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We really have to do something about these spammers. I just opened up a porn email with the subject "Ordinary differential equations". How am I supposed to resist something like that?!


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